Seven Layer Bars
- Chris VR
Now, these barely qualify as home cooking- really it's just assembling with a bit of cooking mixed in. And it's hardly good for you in any way. But it's fast and easy and people love it.
Paraphrased from http://cookie.allrecipes.com/az/SvnLy...
1/2 cup unsalted butter
1 1/2 cups graham cracker crumbs
1 cup semisweet chocolate chips
1 cup butterscotch chips
1 1/3 cups shredded coconut
1 cup chopped walnuts
1 (14 ounce) can sweetened condensed milk
(can use any kind of chips- we used dark chocolate
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Either melt the butter and pour it into a 13x9 inch pan, or put the butter in the pan and let it melt in the hot oven. Turn the pan to evenly coat bottom and sides with butter and spread the crumbs in a thin layer in the butter. Layer the chocolate chips, butterscotch chips, and nuts over crumbs. Pour condensed milk over nuts as evenly as you can. Sprinkle coconut over condensed milk (if you don't like browned coconut, put the coconut in first.) Bake until edges are golden brown, about 25 minutes. Let it cool before trying to cut.
A variation of these, called "Magic Cookie Bars," was the very first thing I learned how to bake. They use cornflake crumbs instead of graham crackers. I prefer them because it makes the crust crisper and a little less sweet. (It's also gluten-free, which is why my mother adopted it in the first place.)
Try these substitutions:
white chocolate chips instead of butterscotch
fresh coconut instead of dried
macadamia nuts instead walnuts
You can dress these up by substituting cherries and macadamian nuts or dress them down by substituting M&M's, peanuts or peanut butter. Or you can use whatever you can come up with.